IAS officer gets bail in mining case in K’taka

A local court on Friday granted bail to senior IAS officer Yerra Srilakshmi who was arrested on charges of abusing her official position.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 20:07 PM IST

Hyderabad: A local court on Friday granted bail
to senior IAS officer Yerra Srilakshmi who was arrested on
charges of abusing her official position and granting favours
to a mining company owned by former Karnataka minister Gali
Janardhan Reddy.

A special court for CBI cases here, which had on Thursday
reserved its order on Srilakshmi`s petition, enlarged her on
bail on a bond of Rs 25,000 and two sureties of like amount.

The development comes even as the CBI is all set to file
charge sheet in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case in a
day or two.

Judge Naga Maruthi Sarma, in his order, directed that she
should make herself available before the CBI whenever required
for the purpose of investigation.

"The petitioner (Srilakshmi) should not directly or
indirectly make any inducement, threat or promise to any
person acquainted with the facts of the case so as to dissuade
him to disclose such facts to the investigation agency and to
the court," the judge observed.

He asked Srilakshmi to surrender her passport. She was
arrested by the CBI on Monday for allegedly favouring OMC in
grant of mining leases in 2007.

According to prosecution, she was Secretary, Industries,
when she issued the orders granting ore mining leases to OMC,
owned by Janardhana Reddy, a co-accused in the case, in
Anantapur district.

After her arrest, the officer was lodged in the
Chengalguda central prison here. Other accused in the case are
OMC Mining Director B V Srinivas Reddy and the then Mining and
Geology Department Director V D Rajagopal, who are currently
in prison.

Srilakhsmi, who held the post of Comissioner, Family
Welfare, at the time of the arrest, was suspened by the Andhra
Pradesh government yesterday.

PTI